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NEH Chair Bruce Cole, Ph.D. '69,
To Speak on the Future of the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Bruce Cole, Ph.D. '69, will give a lecture titled "The Future of the Humanities" in Carpenter Library, room B21, at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 28. A reception will follow at Canaday Library’s Rare Book Room. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

This event celebrates the successful completion of a $1.76 million fundraising campaign by Bryn Mawr’s Graduate Group in Archaeology, Classics, and History of Art that was initiated by a $441 thousand NEH Challenge Grant. The funds will endow multidisciplinary fellowships, curatorial internships, a program of distinguished visitors, and curricular innovation.

The Graduate Group embraces three departments: Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology; Greek, Latin, & Classical Studies; and History of Art. Faculty and students in the three departments share space and resources in the Rhys Carpenter Library and collaborate in many scholarly, professional, and social activities.

Cole is the eighth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As NEH chairman, he has launched We the People, an initiative to encourage the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture and spearheaded the application of digital technology to the humanities through the Digital Humanities Initiative.

Cole came to the Endowment in December 2001 from Indiana University in Bloomington, where he was Distinguished Professor of Art History and Professor of Comparative Literature.

A widely published specialist in Renaissance art, Cole is the author of fourteen books. They include The Renaissance Artist at Work; Sienese Painting in the Age of the Renaissance; Italian Art, 1250-1550: The Relation of Art to Life and Society; Titian and Venetian Art, 1450-1590; and Art of the Western World: From Ancient Greece to Post-Modernism. His most recent book is The Informed Eye: Understanding Masterpieces of Western Art.

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Posted 3/20/2008 by Claudia Ginanni